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Funding Awarded to Continue Workshop Series for MN’s Latino Community

Posted by on June 13th, 2018 Posted in: Funding, Outreach, Success Stories
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The GMR office is excited to announce that Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) has been granted a Heath Information Outreach Award for the continued development and implementation of a Health and Wellbeing Workshop Series for Minnesota’s Latino community.

Background:

Last year, the GMR funded CLUES to design and pilot a health and wellbeing workshop series for Minnesota’s Latino community. The workshop series covers topics across well-being, including healthy behaviors (healthy eating, active living, tobacco cessation), communication, and dealing with difficult emotions (regulation of feelings and its expression, trauma). Based on positive outcomes and feedback from the pilot, the GMR is funding CLUES to continue their outreach and education series to low-income, first or second generation Latino individuals and families who face multiple barriers when accessing traditional health care system living in southern Minnesota.

Project Description

This project has two objectives. First, is to enhance the recently piloted curriculum to include topics that were requested by participants, such as teen and sexual health. Second, is to implement the workshop series. Each workshop will consist of six classes. Workshops will be led by CLUES Community Health Workers, who live and work in the target communities, and will include live streaming or pre-taped sessions by CLUES mental health professionals. Each workshop course will connect participants to National Library of Medicine Resources, including MedlinePlus, to provide families with access to resources for increasing their knowledge of health topics long after the workshops. All classes are developed and delivered in Spanish.

Outcomes

CLUES will utilize the newly developed curricula and results from the pilot sessions to conduct additional groups in the future throughout the Twin Cities and rural Minnesota. Funding from the NNLM will be leveraged to seek additional funding to continue this effort into the future. As well, CLUES hopes to continue the project long-term and offer sustainable peer-to-peer training opportunities in Year 3.

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Derek is a Minnesota native who relocated to Iowa in 2013. His professional experiences include public health, prospect research, competitive intelligence, and outreach librarianship. Derek and his wife reside in Coralville with their daughter and two dogs (mini goldendoodle and mini poodle)!

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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